Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hell Hole Reservior 10x8

Hell Hole is way out past Foresthill on Mosquito Ridge Road. I spent part of this weekend out there with some old friends. It was a great time!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

red enamel 7x5

A can of red One-Shot sign painting enamel.

Friday, August 29, 2008

zucchini bread 7x5

This bread was made by students in the gardening class with ingredients from the school garden. I ate it immediately after completing the painting. It was good.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

jello cup 7x5

This one was pretty challenging. It would have been easier to paint while it was still full.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

egg #7 5x7

Our school garden has chickens too. This is from one of them.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

twisted pear 7x5

A friend of mine gave me a cool deformed pear to paint about a week ago. I didn't get around to painting it until today. It was a bit soft and faded so i went out to the tree in front of my classroom to get another and I discovered that all the pears on that tree are deformed.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

low bluff 8x10

This is out at Rattlesnake Bar. I think this ridge is under water during non-drought years, which we of course never have in California any more. Right now this has got to be the dustiest place on earth. There are a bunch of four wheel drive trails out here and the recreational vehicles have been pulverizing the ground for about four months. In the area where I was painting everything is covered with super fine gray dust.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Old Ironsides 6x8

Old Ironsides is a bar in mid town Sacramento. I forgot my palette knife today so I had to mix my colors with my brushes. Definitely not the way I prefer to do it! I think the painting came out o.k. in spite of that.

Friday, August 22, 2008

orbiter 7x5

A student found these two very different tomatoes joined by a stem and put them in my line-up.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

small sunflower 5x7

My students are starting to bring me things to paint. I've got a bunch of stuff from the school garden lined up on my table at school waiting. I hope I can get to it all before it wilts or rots!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

big tomato 7x5

One of my students brought me this colossal heirloom tomato from the school garden.

Monday, August 18, 2008


This is from the flower garden at school. Thanks to Jill Mendelsohn for the great suggestion. I really like the burnt orange color of these flowers. This little antique hot sauce bottle is getting painted quite a bit lately. I'm going to have to invest in some more varied glassware soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

peppermint 5x5

A lot of restaurants will give you these little mints with the bill. I never eat them.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

American River near Sacramento 10x8

It was pretty hot today. I was standing in the shade under a railroad bridge when I painted this one.

Friday, August 15, 2008

bottled pepper 5x7

I have been painting every day for two years now. I watch less TV than I did before I started this project and I pay more attention to how I plan my days. I'm very happy to be painting consistently again. I'm starting this one off at just one dollar. Thanks to every one who visits this blog!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

tomato #5 5x7

The Chana garden is bountiful this time of year. These tomatoes taste great too.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

eggplant #4 5x7

This is another offering from our school garden.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Saturday, August 09, 2008

fig 6x6

The fig tree at school is bearing fruit.

Friday, August 08, 2008

honey #3 5x7

My wife bought this the other day. It's pretty cool that it still has part of the comb in it. The jar is a nice shape too.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

peach #2 6x6

I picked this up at school yesterday. I like it when peaches have leaves on them.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

sunflower #3 5x7

I'm not sure why I've painted sunflowers so infrequently. This time of year they are all over the place. I think part of the reason is that they're so big that I don't have the right sized vases to put them in.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Mark 10x8

My friend Mark came up from Southern California and I managed to get him to sit for me. He was looking down reading a book. He looks kind of angry but I think he's just concentrating. The red on the left is the ground. Most of my portrait studies are done on glue sized card stock and I like to tint the sizing with red acrylic paint.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Castle Peak #2 12x9

This picture is a bit blurry. If I can, I'll post a better one tomorrow.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Saturday, August 02, 2008

hay bales #2 10x8

I drove around for quite a while before finding any hay bales that I could park near and approach. I was going to try to do a couple of paintings but it ended up being very hot today.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Grouse Slab 8x6

Grouse Slabs is one of many fine climbing crags at Donner Summit.